Singapore Tourism expects 4 to 6 million international visitor arrivals for 2022

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Singapore –The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) today (July 14) announced its forecast for international visitor arrivals (IVA), following the city’s reopening of the borders under the Vaccinated Travel Framework launched on 1 April 2022. With global travel picking up pace, Singapore expects to receive between 4 and 6 million visitors in 2022.

In the first half of 2022, Singapore clocked 1.5 million visitor arrivals, nearly 12 times more compared to the same period in 2021 (119,000). Tourism receipts (TR) reached an estimated S$1.3 billion in the first quarter of the year. While IVA and TR remain a fraction of Singapore’s pre-pandemic numbers, STB remains of the view that tourism flows will recover to pre-COVID levels by the mid-2020s.

Mr Keith Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board said, “The encouraging growth in visitor arrivals and tourism receipts signals strong pent-up demand, and underscores Singapore’s continued appeal as a vibrant and attractive destination for leisure and business travellers. While the pandemic is certainly not over yet, we are confident that Singapore’s very rich calendar of events, as well as new and refreshed tourism offerings, will continue to attract visitors for the rest of 2022 and beyond.”

International Visitor Arrivals (IVA)

Indonesia (282,000), India (219,000), Malaysia (139,000), Australia (125,000) and the Philippines (81,000) were Singapore’s top five international visitor-generating markets, accounting for 56 per cent of total IVA from January to June 2022.

Indonesia (+268,000, +1996%), India (+204,000, +1344%) and Malaysia (+132,000, +2000%), registered the largest absolute year-on-year growth.

Notably, the average length of stay for visitors more than doubled in the first half of 2022 – approximately 7.1 days compared to 3.4 days in 2019.

Tourism Receipts (TR)

TR in the first quarter of 2022 reached $1.3 billion, a 213% year-on-year increase over the same period last year.

TR By Markets

Excluding expenditure on Sightseeing Entertainment & Gaming (SEG), Indonesia, India and China were the top three TR-generating markets in Q1 2022, contributing 32 per cent of TR (excluding SEG). Among the top 10 TR markets, Indonesia (+$95 million, +187%), and India (+$97 million, +376%) registered the highest year-on-year absolute growth in TR (excluding SEG).

TR By Major Components

Growth was recorded across all major components, with Shopping (373%) and Accommodation (344%) recording the highest year-on-year growth.

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